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LA Times: Entertainment

Friday's TV highlights: 'Wynonna Earp' on Syfy

Friday's TV highlights: 'Wynonna Earp' on Syfy

SERIES The Great British Baking Show This special season, the last one with judge Mary Berry, ends with the finalists challenged to create a Pithivier, a round, stuffed pastry. Other challenges
'Madeline's Madeline,' 'Juliet, Naked,' 'Minding the Gap,' 'Skate Kitchen' and other movie picks for Aug. 17

'Madeline's Madeline,' 'Juliet, Naked,' 'Minding the Gap,' 'Skate Kitchen' and other movie picks for Aug. 17

Movie recommendations from critics Justin Chang and Kenneth Turan. Ant-Man and the Wasp A bright, cheery distraction from darker, heavier Marvel Studios outings, this Peyton Reed-directed sequel to
Nine times Aretha Franklin's voice made iconic movies even better

Nine times Aretha Franklin's voice made iconic movies even better

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, who died Thursday, had a vast reach that stretched well beyond popular music and onto the silver screen. Her songs have appeared in more than 200 films and TV
Review: Animated adventure ‘Luis and the Aliens’ has a surprisingly sad heart

Review: Animated adventure ‘Luis and the Aliens’ has a surprisingly sad heart

The German animated film “Luis and the Aliens,” dubbed into English for its U.S. release, is a standard-issue kid-friendly adventure with a surprisingly sorrowful center. Directed by Christoph
There is no modern pop music without Aretha Franklin

There is no modern pop music without Aretha Franklin

Parsing out Aretha Franklin’s influence on contemporary culture is a foolish task. Without her, nothing comes after. From the canonical early Atlantic albums to the transcendent, humane gospel of
Review: Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats bring vibrant neo-soul music to the Greek Theatre

Review: Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats bring vibrant neo-soul music to the Greek Theatre

Some musicians are content to entertain an audience, others seek to illuminate issues or themes close to their hearts, and some are in it chiefly for fame and/or fortune. A precious few see music as a
Review: In artful Spanish tragicomedy ‘The Motive,’ a writer manipulates the world around him

Review: In artful Spanish tragicomedy ‘The Motive,’ a writer manipulates the world around him

A darkly intriguing take on the creative process, Manuel Martín Cuenca’s “The Motive” poetically weaves a devious web around the writer’s greatest nemesis, better known as the blank page. When Alvaro
Review: Two exceptional films, 'Skate Kitchen' and 'Minding the Gap,' find poetry and community in motion

Review: Two exceptional films, 'Skate Kitchen' and 'Minding the Gap,' find poetry and community in motion

A young person on a skateboard becomes a precious, fleeting image of liberation in Crystal Moselle’s “Skate Kitchen” and Bing Liu’s “Minding the Gap.” Both these movies — one a drama, the other a
Review: ‘Madeline's Madeline’ is an explosively creative portrait of a teenage actress

Review: ‘Madeline's Madeline’ is an explosively creative portrait of a teenage actress

One of the first things we see in “Madeline’s Madeline,” a feverish and mercurial brainstorm of a movie, is the hazy figure of a nurse, or perhaps a woman pretending to be a nurse. (Either way, she is
Review: Brazilian film ‘Good Manners’ a magical blend of horror and social drama

Review: Brazilian film ‘Good Manners’ a magical blend of horror and social drama

If you watched just the first half-hour of Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra’s “Good Manners,” you’d have no idea that it is, ostensibly, a gothic horror picture. From the title to the tone, this barbed
Review: ‘Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich’ raises game of venerable horror franchise

Review: ‘Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich’ raises game of venerable horror franchise

The long-running “Puppet Master” series may not be as well-known as “Halloween” or “Friday the 13th,” but for nearly 30 years, it’s been entertaining splatter buffs with one simple, silly premise:
Review: Live action ‘The Little Mermaid’ offers passable family fantasy

Review: Live action ‘The Little Mermaid’ offers passable family fantasy

“The Little Mermaid,” a middling, live-action fantasy film inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale (also the basis of Disney’s 1989 animated megahit), involves skeptical 1930s-era
Aretha Franklin: Five must-own albums

Aretha Franklin: Five must-own albums

As prolific as she was influential, Aretha Franklin released dozens of albums in a career that lasted longer than half a century. Here are five of her most important: “Laughing on the Outside,” 1963
When Aretha sang opera at the Grammys, she renewed a beloved aria that had become a cliche

When Aretha sang opera at the Grammys, she renewed a beloved aria that had become a cliche

I watched the 1998 Grammy Awards broadcast out of a sense of duty, catching whatever classical bones might be thrown, figuring I needed to know how artistically low the whole thing could sink. Luciano
Review: AnnaSophia Robb and Uma Thurman star in mildly chilling YA horror ‘Down a Dark Hall’

Review: AnnaSophia Robb and Uma Thurman star in mildly chilling YA horror ‘Down a Dark Hall’

Based on Lois Duncan’s gothic young adult novel, “Down a Dark Hall” is entry-level horror for teens. The scares might not satisfy those old enough to vote, but it should provide mild chills for its
AMC brags of subscription service growth as MoviePass flails

AMC brags of subscription service growth as MoviePass flails

It looks like MoviePass’ pain is becoming AMC’s gain. As the cinema industry’s chief disruptor continues to flail, AMC Theatres is boasting about the growth of its own new $20-a-month subscription
It's official: 'black-ish' creator Kenya Barris moves to Netflix with overall deal

It's official: 'black-ish' creator Kenya Barris moves to Netflix with overall deal

It’s official: Kenya Barris is moving to Netflix. In a multi-year deal that began Thursday, the creator of the ABC sitcom “black-ish” will write and produce series exclusively for Netflix. In a
Aretha Franklin remembered as 'dear, dear friend' by music industry greats

Aretha Franklin remembered as 'dear, dear friend' by music industry greats

With her place as a hit-making force cemented decades ago, music industry greats stepped up to remember Aretha Franklin on Thursday after her death. Some, such as Clive Davis, said their relationship
Review: Ethan Hawke brings the charm, and Rose Byrne brings the pathos to delicious ‘Juliet, Naked’

Review: Ethan Hawke brings the charm, and Rose Byrne brings the pathos to delicious ‘Juliet, Naked’

Its racy title notwithstanding, "Juliet, Naked" is not salacious but delicious. A charming film of an engaging, adult nature about two very different people trying to press reset in their lives, it is
Recorded in Watts, Aretha Franklin's live album 'Amazing Grace' made gospel history on two days in 1972

Recorded in Watts, Aretha Franklin's live album 'Amazing Grace' made gospel history on two days in 1972

In early 1972, Aretha Franklin arrived at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts for a pair of performances with the backing of the Rev. James Cleveland and the Southern California